Are You Using Your Network Connections to the Fullest Capacity?

There’s no arguing the importance of the network in today’s business infrastructure. This asset isn’t just a critical part of enterprise processes – for many companies, it forms the lifeblood of the organization.

This doesn’t mean, however, that large and small corporations have to spend an arm and a leg ensuring connectivity at all of their branch locations. On the contrary, there are now an array of solutions that help cut costs while ensuring that every network connection is utilized to its fullest capacity. The ideal system to utilize here is SD-WAN, and it’s making more affordable, more reliable hybrid WANs an increasingly attractive possibility for enterprise networking.

How a hybrid WAN improves traditional network architecture

In essence, a hybrid WAN is a network that includes more than one type of connection link. This can include broadband internet, carrier Ethernet, T1 or T3 links, or MPLS circuits. In the past, MPLS was seen as the most reliable connection type, making it a popular choice for office connectivity. The drawback here was the price – now, more affordable broadband internet is becoming the go-to solution. This, however, doesn’t mean that businesses have to completely replace their legacy MPLS links for broadband.

A solution like Talari’s SD-WAN can help establish the ideal hybrid WAN architecture, where multiple types of links are leveraged for connectivity. In this way, MPLS, T1 and internet can be utilized in conjunction with one another.

With a hybrid WAN supported by SD-WAN technology, enterprises can leverage broadband and MPLS links to the fullest capacity.

What’s more, these links can be used in a way that makes the most sense for the business’s budget. Having dedicated backup links in place can be helpful, but it’s also an incredibly expensive solution for ensuring reliable connectivity. This is especially true when backup connections are MPLS – it’s very costly to pay for such a link that is only leveraged a small portion of the time, when other links are degraded or an outage takes place.

If you pay for it, you should use it!

An SD-WAN addresses this issue specifically, ensuring that all bandwidth is used to its full capacity. SD-WAN technology means that every branch location can leverage the full spectrum of available bandwidth, and that every link paid for by the company is utilized for critical network traffic – not just in a failover situation.

Overall, this network architecture ensures an unmatched Quality of Service and application performance, as well as seamless failover in the event of an outage.

An SD-WAN-supported hybrid network

This type of network strategy is being implemented in more businesses than ever before.

Sno-Isle Libraries is just one example of a robust, hybrid WAN in action. With Talari’s SD-WAN, the organization was able to replace its expensive MPLS links with more cost-efficient broadband internet. This not only helped Sno-Isle reduce IT costs, but also ensures increased reliability across every location.

“There is an upside to the new WAN,” noted John Mulhall, Sno-Isle’s Information Technology Manager. “The MPLS links were T1s and traffic couldn’t burst above that. The new connections support more bandwidth, which means high-traffic chores like data backup can be done much more quickly.”

What’s more, Sno-Isle is in good company. Construction firm Dayton Superior recently put a Talari SD-WAN in place, allowing them to fully leverage both MPLS and broadband links as part of their network infrastructure. This structure has resulted in lowered expenses as well as more usable bandwidth for critical processes like VoIP calling, desktop virtualization and enterprise resource planning.

“Talari allows us to leverage broadband Internet connections with reliability that’s better than our MPLS circuits,” said Dave Badgley, Dayton Superior Senior Systems Engineer. “I’m getting to be link-agnostic. Talari gives us more flexibility in building out the WAN.”

For more real-world examples of Talari’s SD-WAN in action, check out our case studies. To see how an SD-WAN solution could benefit your business, download our latest eGuide, ‘10 Tips for Building a Failsafe Network‘.


Categories: Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN), Hybrid WAN, Enhance WAN Optimization, Intelligent WAN, Network Capacity